Unconfirmed Surface Phone by Microsoft to take the fight to iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8
With the Lumia Series slowly being discontinued, rumors of a Surface Phone by Microsoft has taken the internet by storm, following some leaks by Evan Blass (@Evaleaks) on Twitter. The phones that were leaked was something not by Microsoft, but by Dell, known as Dell Stack. The device is still unconfirmed, like the Surface Phone, and is apparently scheduled to be released on 2017. Even though this device has not yet seen daylight, this, along with the other phones in the market, gives us an idea of what Microsoft is cooking up with the Surface Phone.
Flexible PC-grade specs
Stack is an Intel powered phone, with a low powered Kaby Lake Y-series CPUs with flexible options, such as m3, m5 vPro, or m7 vPro, Moreover, it had further configurations, such as or 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB SSD along with microSD. As it is evident from the specs, the device, which is a 6 inch phablet, aims to replace a laptop or a tablet. It obviously comes with Continuum, that would allow it to be used as a desktop.
These specs are in line with newer releases from other companies, such as the HP Elite X3 and the Acer Jade Primo. All these devices take advantage of Windows 10 and Continuum to offer a seamless Windows 10 experience and productivity everywhere.
Surface Phone also will have such flexible specs and will come in three variants – 3 GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage, 6 GB of RAM, with 128 GB internal storage and 8 GB RAM with 500 GB internal storage. The processor would be an Intel Atom X3. A 5.7 – 6 inch display is expected. The resolution will be at least 2K.
Other features include Windows Hello, a fingerprint scanner integrated in the touch screen and Carl Zeiss optics.
With the release of Elite X3, the superphone term was coined. These are phones mainly aimed to replace desktops and tablets, and offer the portability of a smartphone. Surface Phone is also expected to be such a superphone. Microsoft is greatly suffering from an app-gap in the Windows platform and must bring x86 support to their devices to make it all work out. This is where “Project Centennial” should come in, allowing classic Windows Apps to be a part of the Store ecosystem.
On paper, the Stack seems to be a real winner, and Surface Phone should be one too. All that matters now is the execution and release date.